Single Idea 7911

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom]

Full Idea

As the drops of dew in contact/ With the sun's rays disappear,/ So all theorizings vanish,/ Once one has obtained wisdom.

Gist of Idea

Theory vanishes when one has obtained wisdom


Rahulabhadra (Hymn to Perfect Wisdom [c.150], v 10)

Book Reference

'Buddhist Scriptures', ed/tr. Conze,Edward [Penguin 1959], p.169

A Reaction

I suspect that the western view is that wisdom is good theory. This sounds like the sort of thing Wittgenstein would have said. Remarks like this encourage people to skip study, with the illusion that they can go straight to wisdom.